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BEMIDJI — After starting their spring season 3-12, the Bemidji State baseball team will look to get back on the right track this weekend when it starts Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play Friday and Saturday at Winona State. “This is a new season now,” BSU head coach Tim Bellew said.
BEMIDJI — Tom Serratore won’t judge his team’s season on the final two games of the year. Despite the fact that his Bemidji State Beavers were swept by Ferris State during their best-of-three WCHA quarterfinal series in Bemidji, there’s plenty for the team to remember fondly during the 2014-15 season: Historic wins, a North Star College Cup title and a top-half league finish for the first time since joining the WCHA. “It was a great year on our part,” Serratore said Tuesday, three days removed from a painful 3-2, triple-overtime loss to Ferris State to end their season.
BEMIDJI -- Bemidji State and Mike Curfman have parted ways. The longtime head women's basketball coach and the school have "mutually decided to part ways," Curfman said when reached by phone Monday night. Curfman, who just completed his 10th year on the bench at BSU, said the main reason for his decision was to pursue other opportunities outside coaching. "I've been coaching since I was 22 years old," Curfman said. "Twenty-three years later, I'm 45 years old. I love coaching, but that's a long time to be doing this.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji State men's hockey team needed a win Saturday to extend its season and play one more game. The Beavers did extend their season for as long as they could, going to three overtimes against Ferris State in Game 2 of their best-of-three WCHA playoff series. But once again, the Bulldogs had the Beavers' number. Ferris State's Kyle Schempp scored a power play goal six minutes, 40 seconds into the third period of overtime and the Bulldogs ended the Beavers' season 3-2 Saturday at the Sanford Center, completing the series sweep.
BEMIDJI -- Bemidji State’s first home playoff game since 2009 didn’t go as planned Friday night. The Beavers never found a groove on offense, while Ferris State took advantage of its own limited opportunities as the Bulldogs beat the Beavers 4-1 in the first game of their best-of-three WCHA playoff series at the Sanford Center.
BEMIDJI — Sam Windle can’t recall many home crowds as loud and energetic as last Friday’s against Minnesota State. There had been plenty of raucous crowds there during the senior defenseman’s four-year Bemidji State career, but Friday night was special: The Beavers beat No. 2-ranked Minnesota State 5-2 to clinch its first Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoff series at home since joining the league in 2010-11. “Only very few times (was it this loud),” the Maple Grove native said. “Maybe against North Dakota a few years ago.
One thing first-year Bemidji State women’s head coach Jim Scanlan said early in the season still stands out. It was October and the Beavers had just returned from Moon Township, Pa., and were 2-0 for the first time in program history after sweeping Robert Morris on the road. Those were just the Beavers’ first games of the season, but there already seemed to be something different about this season’s team. Still, ever the cool head, Scanlan wasn’t about to allow his team to get too high about the first weekend of the season. “I told the girls, nobody’s throwing a parade for us here, so let’
BEMIDJI — The Bemidji State men’s hockey team never makes it easy on opponents. Just ask Minnesota State. The No. 2-ranked Mavericks needed at least a point to clinch the Western Collegiate Hockey Association’s regular-season title and take home the MacNaughton Cup for the first time in school history. And although the Mavericks achieved their goal — by virtue of a 3-0 victory over the Beavers at the Sanford Center on the final day of the regular season — BSU made them fight for every inch of ice. “They’re a good team,” Minnesota State head coach Mike Hastings said of the Beavers.
BEMIDJI — Playoff hockey in Bemidji. For the first time since joining the WCHA, that phrase is becoming a reality for the Bemidji State men’s hockey team. The Beavers (16-14-5, 12-10-5 WCHA) beat No. 2 Minnesota State 5-2 Friday night at the Sanford Center, clinching a home-ice playoff series in Bemidji for the first time since 2010. “I think for our program, it hasn’t been done in the WCHA yet, so it’s a first,” said Beavers’ defenseman Matt Prapavessis, who scored the game’s first goal. “We’re proud. I’m really happy for our team.
Don't tell the members of the Bemidji State women's hockey team that they're the underdogs at this weekend's WCHA Final Faceoff in Grand Forks. Sure, as the No. 5 seed the Beavers won't be the favorites coming in. But considering how well they've played against the three other teams in the tournament, the rest of the field won't be taking BSU lightly. "I definitely don't think the Gophers or anybody will be underestimating us," BSU forward Kaitlyn Tougas said. "If anything I think we're the team they're worried about." The Beavers (20-16-1) take on top-seeded and national No.